Dr. Todd Troyer 458-5487
BSB 1.03.34 Office hours: By Appointment
Primary Course Materials: Course notes and matlab demos provided by the instructor, and selected articles from the primary research literature.
Class Web site: http://www.utsa.edu/troyerlab/neuromodeling.html
All class materials, including this syllabus, class notes, and matlab demos will be posted for download.
Prerequisites: Calculus and BIO 5433 or permission of instructor.
Course Description: The aim of this course is to provide students with a hands-on introduction to neural modeling. The core of the class will be for each student to research, develop and implement a model-based research project. Research projects will be selected by the student with the aid and approval of the instructor. During the first part of the course, students will learn basic computer programming skills using matlab, and work through a demo-based survey of basic topics in computational neuroscience. Students will be expected to give 3 oral presentations during the course of the semester: (a) a “journal club”-like presentation of a research article, (b) a project proposal, (c) a project report at the end of the semester. Group work and cooperative effort is highly encouraged, and a large fraction of class time will be spent in group discussion and trouble-shooting.
Course Requirements/Grading: Grades will be based upon class participation and miscellaneous homework/exercises (20%), oral presentation of research literature related to project (20%), the project proposal (written and oral, 25%), and the project report (written and oral, 35%).
Students with Disabilities/Religious Holidays: The University makes every effort to accommodate students with documented disabilities or religious conflicts. However, it is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of their special needs at the beginning of the semester.